Adelina Shiraz Mataro 2017


From vines that stretch back over and up to around 100 years old. The fruit hangs out in old barrels and concrete for its maturation. Adelina quietly redefining wine styles from Clare Valley, and definitively at the top of the pack from the region. The wines, particularly the reds, pack in flavour, vitality and, importantly, fine-firm fruit tannin profile, where many from the region rely on heft, oak, ripe fruit for their character, which is fine, but at times clumsy. Anyways. Off the little soapbox.

Sweet red cherry, rose petal scents, raspberry, dried cranberry. The gist, red fruits, lots of them. There’s spice, salty liquorice and brambly-herbal things too. Medium weight in the palate, hemmed with powdery, shapely, pumice-stone-like tannins – architecture is great, the feel great, the drinking experience ultra-satsifying. The pool of fine amaro-Campari like coolness-herbiness-sour red fruits to close, the clincher. Yum. Such a lovely, sophisticated wine for the bucks.  Rated : 94 Points.  Mike Bennie.  The Wine Front.

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